In This Issue
Goodchild feeling the heat as Credit Mutuel gets baking
Mini Transat: Hanging on in there!
Wight Vodka Best Sailor's bar
Robline and New England Ropes @ METSTRADE 2019
Laser 2020 Worlds
Entry is now open for 50th Finn World Masters
New discipline new audience - World Sailing
18ft Skiffs Spring Championship, Races 5 & 6
RS21 Winter Series Dates Announced
Industry News
Featured Charter: The Project - Sigma 38
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Goodchild feeling the heat as Credit Mutuel gets baking
Sam Goodchild is running out of race track in his bid to become the first Briton to win the Class40 of the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre. At the 15:00 (UTC) ranking, Goodchild and French co-skipper, Fabien Delahaye, on their 40ft monohull, Leyton, were still 62 miles behind the leaders Credit Mutuel, who have just 380 miles to the finish in the Bay of All Saints, Salvador de Bahia.

The two-year old Leyton has only been able to make up 3.5 miles in the last 24 hours against France's Ian Lipinski and Adrien Hardy on the latest generation, Credit Mutuel, with its distinctive large rounded nose and apparent speed in all conditions. As they race down the north-east coast of Brazil, second place looks safe for Leyton,with Aïna Enfance & Avenir, lying 73 miles further back and making no impression overnight.

ETAs (Warning! The approach to the finish in the Bay of All Saints still looks complicated, so time may vary.)

Thursday, November 14
Credit Mutuel - 04:00 (UTC)
Leyton - 12:00
Aïna Enfance & Avenir - 20:00

Friday, November 15
Crosscall Chamonix Mont-Blanc - 00:00

21 IMOCA and three Multi50s are now moored in the port of Salvador de Bahia. On land the atmosphere is one of reunion, memories of the race and parties, meanwhile at sea, the remaining duos continue their relentless pace.

Six IMOCA are still racing to Salvador de Bahia and though there is nearly 600 miles between first and last, there is a keen battle between the older generation IMOCA in the fleet. Britain's Pip Hare Ocean Racing just 4.5 miles ahead (and 50 miles southeast) of 4myplanet with 578 miles to go as they approach Recife.

Mini Transat: Hanging on in there!
Francois Jambou is this morning less than 500 miles from the finish in Le Marin in Martinique. As such, the leader in the prototype category now has a glimpse of what looks set to be a victorious finish within the next two days. A little over 100 miles astern, Ambrogio Beccaria is also very well placed to take the win in the production boat category and mirror his victory in the first leg. For now though, the two leaders will have to focus on containing any attacks from their pursuers whilst preserving their gear. Such is the tough balance required in offshore racing… The battle for the remaining podium places is still just as intense and further back the list of damage is mounting. Two competitors, Irina Gracheva and Julien Bertheleme, are sailing under jury rig, whilst many others are having to try to make repairs at sea in order to hang on in there until they make it to the other side.

With a lead of nearly 100 miles over Axel Trehin (945) with less than 500 miles to go, Francois Jambou (965) looks poised to secure outright victory. Indeed, it's worth noting that the separation between the two men was just six minutes (in Axel's favour) at the end of the first leg. Erwan Le Mene (800) looks firmly settled into 3rd place. Will he be able to make up the deficit he amassed in the first leg to move up onto the podium in the overall ranking? Erwan lamented a deficit of five hours in relation to Tanguy Bouroullec (969) on setting sail from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and this morning Tanguy has been relegated to over 50 miles astern of Erwan. The fleet of prototypes stretches nearly 800 miles between Francois Jambou and Marie Gendron (930), in 20th.

In the production boat fleet, three large groups have formed. The first comprises leader Ambrogio Beccaria (943) and his closest pursuers. Lined up behind the untouchable Italian, Benjamin Ferre (902) and Nicolas D'Estais (905) are virtually neck and neck, closely followed by Felix de Navacelle (916), positioned slightly to the North. Lauris Noslier (893) is also attacking hard to the South. Given the easing weather conditions announced for the coming days and his slight deficit in relation to this group, Lauris certainly has nothing to lose by giving it a shot. Interestingly, Pierre Le Roy (925), a meteorologist in civilian life, is also hedging his bets on the South. We'll have to wait and see how the S'ly option pays off.

Ranking on Tuesday 12 November at 08:00 UTC

1. Francois Jambou (865 - Team BFR Maree Haute Jaune) 481.2 miles from the finish
2. Axel Trehin (945 - Project Rescue Ocean) 99.7 miles behind the leader
3. Erwan Le Mene (800 Rousseau Clotures) 243.2 miles behind the leader

1. Ambrogio Beccaria (943 - Geomag) 598.6 miles from the finish
2. Benjamin Ferre (902 - Imago Incubateur D'aventures) 80.2 miles behind the leader
3. Nicolas D'Estais (905 - Cheminant-Ursuit) 85.5 miles behind the leader

Wight Vodka Best Sailor's bar
Wight Vodka Best Sailor's bar For all the talk about sailing being an elitist sport... there are hundreds of yachtie bars putting the lie to that. Famously raucous and prone to induce world class hangovers, the sailor's bar has been around for hundreds of years and has traditionally welcomed sailors from every economic strata. The best ones are where you can't tell which patron is a millionaire and which is penniless. A place without class distinctions.

One such place is Seattle's famous Sloop Tavern.

From last year's contest, this description:

Not only is it a great Tavern but the original founders of the Sloop Tavern Yacht Club created the yacht club while sitting on it's barstools, they created the Victoria to Maui Race here and over the years have come up with amazing events like the 100+ boat Race to the Straits, Down the Sound or Race Your House.

The bartenders are surly, the walls are lined with pictures of sailboats and yacht club members sailboats. The carpet is dirty and a little sticky the food is amazing and ceilings are low- it's a perfect dive bar.

Yes, there is a perfect drink at the Sloop Tavern. It's called a Slooper, yep, a Slooper. 1 Liter of Beer, or for you metrically challenged land lubbers that's 33.8 ounces of mountain fresh Rainier (or whatever other beer of choice). They do have a traditional pint sized portion, affectionately called a Bitch Beer.

Have a favorite bar? Tell us all about it, and the winner (based on stories, drink recipes and votes) gets fame, fortune, a wall plaque and bottle of Wight Vodka, and a custom made 3D map from Latitude Kinsale.

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Robline and New England Ropes @ METSTRADE 2019
Robline Ropes TEUFELBERGER will present his yachting ropes with the brands Robline and New England Ropes at the METSTRADE from November 19-21.

Robline and New England Ropes are able to cover the full assortment from dinghy to big yachts - motor boats and kite boarding. Representatives from both brands will be available to answer any questions.

Visit us at the METSTRADE on booth 01.265, Hall 1!

Laser 2020 Worlds
International competitors have started to arrive in Melbourne for what promises to be a massive summer of Laser sailing in Australia. Turkey was the first country to send their boats, via airfreight, while the German team had to unload their shipping container in pouring rain on November 2 - hardly an ideal welcome to sunny Australia.

Last week, teams from Germany, Finland, Sweden and Norway braved the elements for their first training session on Port Phillip Bay - in winds gusting to 35 knots.

With the Tokyo Olympics less than nine months away, the world's best Laser sailors will take advantage of the intense competition in Australia between January and March 2020, to fine-tune their techniques and get into full racing mode.

Among the competitors for the Australian Championships and Sail Melbourne, which both take place in January, are 2016 Olympic Champion and 2017 World Sailor of the Year, Marit Bouwmeester (NED) and 2016 World Champion Alison Young (GBR).

The men's events have also attracted some big names, with the three top-ranked Laser sailors in the World, Matt Wearn (AUS), Tom Burton (AUS) and Sam Meech (NZL) all signed up, along with 2015 and 2016 World Champion Nick Thompson (GBR).

Nearly 1050 entries have been received for the eight major events, starting with the Victorian Championships from November 23-24. That will be followed by the Australian Championships (Jan 1-8), the Oceania Championships as part of Sail Melbourne (Jan 17-21), Men's Standard World Championships (Feb 9-16), Men's and Women's Radial World Championships (Feb 21-28), Australian and Oceania Masters Championships (Mar 13-18) and the Masters Worlds (Mar 19-28).

Entry is now open for 50th Finn World Masters
Half a century ago on an island nation in the middle of the Atlantic, the idea was born to create an event for Finn sailors over 40 years old. At the class AGM during the 1969 Gold Cup in Bermuda, the Veteran Gold Cup was born. It has developed into one of the largest single fleet regattas in the world. It is, of course, now known as the Finn Word Masters.

In 2020, the event celebrates its 50th anniversary and is being run by the ever-enthusiastic Dutch Finn sailors who have promised to put on a memorable event both on and off the water. They have set a target of 400 boats, which is not that hard to envisage, with more than 900 Finn Masters worldwide. Several times the fleet has passed 350 entries, so 400 is the next obvious milestone in a class that knows no bounds.

The website is up and running at with information on the venue, accommodation and partner programmes available. Cottages in the Centerparks Resort, situated right next to the marina, are still available but running out quickly.

The 50th Finn World Masters is 31 May to 5 June.

New discipline new audience - World Sailing
WHAT The arrival itself was a little hurried but the opportunity for sailing to showcase the first ever continuous 24-hour Olympic competition is surely not to be missed? The idea that offshore sailing could be an Olympic discipline is not one that drew universal support straightaway, but today the tide is turning.

Following last year's landmark decision, and as details of the new event start to appear, it is becoming clearer that there are important new opportunities with significant benefits to both the sport and the Olympic Games. Indeed, some now believe this new discipline could provide unexpected opportunities for new sailing nations, while paradoxically also having the potential to be more affordable than some existing Olympic classes. The move is also being seen as having potential to open Olympic sailing up to a broader range of competitors.

It is factors like these that have helped to change conventional thinking by offering a new endurance discipline to the Games, while at the same time bringing the sport of sailing to the attention of a wider audience. This in turn could play a valuable part in securing the future of sailing as part of the Olympic family.

Full article in the December issue of Seahorse

18ft Skiffs Spring Championship, Races 5 & 6
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18ft Skiffs Spring Championship Sydney Harbour: The team of Brett Van Munster, Phil Marshall and Kurt Fatouris only have to appear at the starting line next Sunday to take of the Australian 18 Footers League's 2019-2020 Spring Championship after a totally dominant performance in both races sailed on Sydney Harbour today.

In Race 5 of the championship, the Appliancesonline team won by 2m22s, then backed it up by also taking out Race 6 by 1m34s.

The team's points total, with only next Sunday's race of the championship to be sailed in the series, is 18 points, which is a staggering 17 points clear of the equal second placed The Oaks Double Bay-4 Pines (Aron Everett, Tom Clout, Charlie Gundy) and Finport Finance (Keagan York, Matt Stenta, Angus Williams) on 35.

Noakesailing (Sean Langman) is fourth on 39 points, followed by Yandoo (John Winning) on 47, with Dal Zotto (Jack Sprague) and Rag & Famish Hotel, both on 48.

In the following Race 6, AOL's start wasn't quite as good as in the earlier race, but the boatspeed was so dominating that the team had established a 45s lead over the nearest rival, Vintec (Kirk Mitchell) as spinnakers were set for the run back to the bottom mark.

The Shaw & Partners Financial Services team continued the form from Race 5 and finished the day with a second placing, just 1S ahead of Finport Finance.

Another big improver on the day was Marcus Ashley-Jones on R Marine Pittwater, who recorded fifth and sixth placings in the two races.

The Australian 18 Footers League's 2019-2020 Season continues next Sunday when the club will stage Race 7 of the Spring Championship. The race is the last race of the Spring Championship.

RS21 Winter Series Dates Announced
The Sarasota Yacht Club RS21 Winter Series will consist of five events, seven RS Sailing supplied RS21 charter boats will be available to charter alongside private owner entries. With three of the events counting towards a best two out of three series, they are set to be awesome regattas with the winner being crowned the RS21 Midwinter Champion.

In addition to the Winter Series, there are a number of other events to get involved in with the RS21. On March 21-22nd there will be a Florida Yacht Clubs Interclub Challenge Regatta where various clubs from around the state can go head to head in inexpensive, one-design charter boats. An Intercollegiate Regatta is currently being finalised and we welcome Collegiate teams to reach out to us if interested with preferred dates.

The RS21s fleet, affectionately known as the Six Pack, will also be available for charter to race in the St. Petersburg Nood Regatta and Charleston Race Week. If you are not in the Sarasota area, stay tuned for details on the Premiere Sailing League events which will be hosted in six RS21s at Pensacola Yacht Club. Further information can be found here

Sarasota Yacht Club RS21 Winter Series Schedule:
- November 2nd 39th Annual Sarasota Yacht Club Regatta
- December 21-22nd SYC RS21 Winter Series Regatta #1
- January 25-26th SYC RS21 Winter Series Regatta #2
- February 22-23rd SYC RS21 Winter Series Regatta #3
- March 21-22nd Florida Yacht Clubs Interclub Challenge*
- TBD Intercollegiate RS21 Challenge*
*Not Winter Series events

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Industry News
There will be no London Yacht Show in 2020. This was confirmed to IBI by Andrew Williams, president, Maritime for Informa, the owner and organiser of the event following its takeover of the former London On-Water Show in 2018.


Henri-Lloyd are delighted to announce the long-awaited launch of the Official Henri Lloyd INEOS TEAM UK merchandise collection. INEOS TEAM UK is Britain's America's Cup team for the 36th America's Cup taking place in Auckland, New Zealand in 2021. The team will represent Royal Yacht Squadron Racing in their challenge to bring the Cup home. The merchandise collection includes key on and off-shore items that team wear during their day to day America's Cup duties.


Beneteau has released its 2018/19 full-year earnings showing that the boat division has enjoyed a fifth consecutive year of growth.

Figures from 2018/19 - a transition year before rolling out a new strategic plan - are in line with forecasts whilst EBIDTA is up 3.3% on the previous period and now represents 11.8% of revenues. The Boat division is up 3.2% at constant exchange rates whilst Housing is stable at -0.4%.

The Boat division is up 3.2% at constant exchange rates, the fifth consecutive year of growth, thanks to the robust development of sales on the monohull and multihull sailing segments, as well as outboard motorboats. These successes make it possible to offset the drop in sales for the large motor yacht segment and American brands which have been affected by Canadian and EU trade tariffs. The lifting of these tariffs for Canada, in May 2019, was too late to have a significant impact on the financial year.

Beneteau's performances with charter professionals are sound (+29.7% at constant exchange rates) and sales are continuing to progress on the two main boat markets, Europe (+5% at constant exchange rates) and North America (+4.8% at constant exchange rates). Sales are down for the Rest of the World region, mainly owing to the contraction in sales for larger motor yachts.

The acquisition and integration of Seascape and Delphia Yachts generated combined revenues of €27.6m for the year and in terms of services, the financial year was marked by the acquisition and integration of the startup Digital Nautic, which offers services management tools for professionals.


Gurit will demonstrate its commitment to sustainability at METSTRADE with the launch of AMPRO, a new multi-purpose epoxy system.

AMPRO BIO is an all-purpose epoxy which can be used for gluing, coating, laminating and filling and is built on SP 106 which has been the primary epoxy system for the manufacture and repair of wooden boats for more than 20 years.

Gurit will also be highlighting its partnership with Bcomp with the ampliTex and powerRibs ranges of technical flax fibre reinforcements. powerRibs is a lightweight, high performance natural fibre composite reinforcement grid which provides maximum stiffness at minimum weight by creating a 3D structure on one side of a thin-walled shell element.

Combined with ampliTex technical fabrics, the fibre layup can match the performance of carbon fibres in semi-structural parts, whilst reducing the carbon footprint.


Hylas Yachts has been building award-winning luxury cruising yachts since 1985. And in a unique new partnership, North Sails will now be the exclusive sail supplier for the innovative company. From today, all new Hylas yachts will be marketed with state-of-the-art North sails as part of their base pricing, giving owners the chance to experience best-in-market products for their cruising needs.

The Hylas 57 and Hylas 60 will be launched in December 2019 and will offer North Sails product line, NPL TOUR as standard. NPL TOUR is an easy-to-handle radial cruising sail, delivering low stretch and a smooth, long-lasting shape that has set the standard as the premium paneled sail for performance-minded coastal & bluewater cruisers. And any client may also choose the option of an additional performance upgrade to a 3Di product.


Cornwall-based Sail Shape has taken over Quay Sails in Poole.

The company has also retained its original lofts at Fowey and Poole and now employs 15 staff - increasing from just three ten years ago - specialising in in-house CNC cutting, sail design, valeting, sail making and cover making.

Sail Shape is owned by MD Alan Harris-Guerrero and his wife, Emelie. Alan's sail making career began as an apprentice for Mitchell Sails in 2004 which he then bought in 2011, setting up Sail Shape. The company started a full rigging service replacing masts, booms, furling systems and running and standing rigging.

Sail Shape doubled in size in three years and by 2014 Alan was successfully CAD designing sails using Smar Azure techniques. In 2016 the company expanded from its small 1000 sq ft loft in Fowey to a 5,000 sq ft purpose-laid out production loft in Lostwithiel.

In 2017 Sail Shape bought an 8m Blackman and White Orion 2100 CNC cutting machine and in late 2017 the company invested in the Prodim Proline tool for digitising flat templates and patterning boats for covers which allowed the use of full CAD design covers minimising on waste and labour time.

Quay Sails was previously owned by Rod and Carol Brown who had been in the business for 50 years.

Quay Sails' customers include Pendennis Ship yard, Cockwells tenders and offshore yachts including an IMOCA 60 whose owner plans to compete in the 2020 Vendee Globe yacht race.

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